Posted on July 15, 2013 by John Purcell, The Booktopia Book Guru
When I was handed The Signature of All Things I noted the name of the author and popped it on the pile of books marked, not urgent. Yep, I let my prejudice against the author of Eat, Pray, Love influence my decision even though it was obvious this new novel was a departure from the squillion copy selling EPL. Then, one night I overheard a couple of booksellers talking. One had taken the plunge and had read The Signature of All Things. This was a bookseller whose opinion deserved respect and she had loved it. Loved it.
The next day I picked up The Signature of All Things. It was immediately obvious to me that this was a work of historical fiction of the highest order but it was a big book and with so many other books on my pile already, I gave it to my dad. Here is his review:
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Posted on July 5, 2013 by Andrew Cattanach
Review by Isabel Blackmore (age 12): The school for good and evil. Sounds simple, right? It’s not. Its amazing adventures, twists and complications leave you in a daze once you’re finished. Sophie and Agatha are best friends, but there’s one problem – a witch and a princess can’t be friends. With action, adventure, and just a pinch of romance, what’s not to love?
Blurb: A dark and enchanting fantasy adventure perfect for girls who prefer their fairytales with a twist. Every four years, two girls are kidnapped from the village of Gavaldon. Legend has it these lost children are sent to the School for Good and Evil, the fabled institution where they become fairytale heroes or villains.
Sophie, the most beautiful girl in town, has always dreamed of her place at the School for Good while her friend Agatha, with her dark disposition seems destined for the School for Evil. But when the two are kidnapped they find their fortunes reversed…
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Posted on June 21, 2013 by John Purcell, The Booktopia Book Guru
Londoner Anthony Ryan has the world talking, an exciting new voice in Fantasy Fiction. Booktopia’s Michael Marlow shares his thoughts on his latest book Blood Song
Author Anthony Ryan initially made a name for himself in the cutthroat marketplace of self-published online eBooks. He has now made his first foray into the printed world with the brutal and skilfully paced Blood Song. Showing a slightly different approach to his contemporaries, Ryan takes a step back from the traditional gods and monsters of fantasy to present a more secular but no less engaging creation.
As a fantasy epic Blood Song is an impressive piece of work. The reader is given the impression of a complex and constantly evolving world that exists outside of the individual stories portrayed. Despite this you are never over-saturated with names and places as can happen in some clumsier works. Ryan makes us privy to just the right amount of lore to ensure the character driven storyline never has to take a back seat.
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